It’ll eschew the in-house V6 in favor of a twin-turbo V8 PHEV from Affalterbach.
If you’ve been keeping track of Aston Martin’s portfolio, you’ll recall that the Vanquish name was revived three years ago. Gaydon presented a concept for a mid-engined vehicle that would sit between the Valhalla and the Valkyrie at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Tobias Moers, the company’s CEO, told us earlier this year that the “entry-level” supercar is still in the works. However, it will not be available until 2025.
The folks at Autocar have learnt more about Aston Martin’s forthcoming baby supercar. As previously rumoured, the Vanquish would use AMG power instead of the originally planned in-house V6. It will transition to Affalterbach’s obedient twin-turbo V8 seen in the larger German high-performance variants.
The combustion engine will be part of a plug-in hybrid system, thus it won’t be completely independent. The Vanquish will employ the lesser configuration from the AMG GT 63 S E Performance, while the hotter Valhalla will have the V8 from the AMG GT Black Series. In the new Aston Martin, the ICE alone is believed to produce roughly 630 horsepower, but when combined with the electric motor, the total output should be 831 horsepower.
Going down the PHEV route means the new Vanquish will go after the Ferrari 296 GTB and McLaren Artura. By switching from the proprietary 3.0-liter V6 to a V8 sourced from a third party, Aston Martin has its work cut out for it since it needs to overhaul the supercar to support a bigger combustion engine. Despite the bump in size for the ICE, it should still weigh less than 1,500 kilograms (3,306 pounds) by using a carbon-fiber tub.
A track-only variant of the road-going supercar will be developed as a hardcore version for a one-make global racing series. When the Vanquish arrives, it may not have the same name. Instead, according to firm chairman Lawrence Stroll, the supercar would most certainly be renamed. The new vehicle, according to the British media, will be a “radically different proposition” than the Vanquish Vision idea.
The official unveiling is set for the second half of next year, with customer deliveries beginning in 2025.